Undergraduate Students

Certificate Program
The Russian and East European Studies certificate is an interdisciplinary credential that combines foreign language training and multidisciplinary area studies courses. Through this stimulating program, students develop a broad understanding of the historical and cultural processes shaping states and societies in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Eurasia. Additional benefits include: enhanced career opportunities, specialized advising, access to scholarships (see under "Funding" below) and study abroad opportunities.

Students in any major who wish to add a Russian, East European, or Eurasian focus to their regular undergraduate degree can enroll in the REES Certificate program. Courses taken for the certificate program may also fulfill general education requirements and some major requirements, and often do not increase students' overall course load.  Click here for requirements and additional information.

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  • The Capstone Course in Russian & East European Studies
    This course is designed as a capstone of the multidisciplinary knowledge that you have accumulated in pursuing a certificate in Russian and East European Studies. The objective is to provide you with the opportunity to draw on and synthesize all of the skills and knowledge gained in the various courses and seminars that you have taken up until this point, and apply them to a topic of particular interest to you.  The course will culminate in an analytical/research paper on a topic in Russian and East European Studies to be chosen by each individual student.  The paper will draw on methodologies and literature from multiple disciplines, especially political science and anthropology.   

    During the first half of the course, readings will be focused on research methodologies, and class time will be devoted to discussion about varying approaches to research in Russia and Eastern Europe.  Students will simultaneously define their own topics for research, identify source material, and begin data collection/proposal development.

    During the second half of the course, students will complete a research paper, drawing on sources from multiple disciplines and employing a range of methodological techniques in the social sciences and humanities. Class time will largely be dedicated to working on research papers, including one-on-one or small group consultation with the instructors.

Related Concentration in European and Eurasian Studies
The Related Concentration, administered in collaboration with the European Studies Center, is designed to let students explore their interest in both the REES and ESC world areas so that it fits comfortably alongside their majors or minors. It appeals particularly to pre-professional students who wish to broaden their international experience while minimizing language requirements. It is crafted to offer comparative study of your intended professional field—pre-medicine, pre-law, business, engineering, and health and rehab sciences—while capitalizing on your existing European/Eurasian language credits. This individualized, interdisciplinary credential provides a context for studying abroad and complements most academic plans and majors. 

Bachelor of Philosophy in International and Area Studies – Russian and East European Studies Track
This is an interdisciplinary, research-based degree offered by the University Honors College in collaboration with REES. Although requirements for this degree are rigorous, the personal, academic, and professional benefits are enormous.   

Click here to learn more about the BPhil in International and Area Studies

Funding Resources
FLAS Fellowships, Study Abroad Scholarships, internships, Project GO Scholarships, and external funding opportunities are available for undergraduate students.


  • Free tutoring in Russian, Polish, and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (BCS). Click here for more information.
  • REES Language Social Hour: practice your chosen language in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Language Social Hour currently includes Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Hungarian, Romanian, and Russian. Click here for more information

Study Abroad
The University of Pittsburgh has its own summer study abroad programs through the Summer Language Institute (SLI) and the Study Abroad Office, and can place undergraduates in quality programs throughout the region.

Contact REES with any advising questions.